Writers Week 2014: November 3–7

 

 

Writers' Week 2014: November 3–7

Each year, Writers’ Week brings together visiting writers of local and national interest, UNCW students, and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing. This year we celebrate UNCW's award-winning literary magazine of place, Ecotone. Activities include workshops, panels, and readings; and we will cap off the week with a ticketed farm-to-table supper celebrating the launch of Ecotone's Sustenance issue in collaboration with nonprofit food system initiative Feast Down East.

Sustenance Issue Launch and Farm-to-table supper

Purchase tickets to the Ecotone issue launch and farm-to-table supper.

The event supports the nonprofit work of Ecotone and Feast Down East, and is made possible through the generosity of the UNCW Department of Creative Writing, the UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, UNCW Catering, K38 Baja Grill, and Wilmington Brewing Company.

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2014 Schedule (updated 10/22/14)

Read below for the list of presenters, including:

Keynote

Kathryn Miles

Kathryn Miles is an award-winning journalist and the author of three books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, which was just named a "must read" by Newsday. Her articles and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Best American Essays 2009, History, Outside, Popular Mechanics, and UNCW's own Ecotone. She currently serves as writer-in-residence for Green Mountain College and as a faculty member for Chatham University's low-residency MFA program. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine.

Visiting Writers, Agents, and Editors

Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo has received many awards for her fiction, including the Latino International Book Award and an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship. She is the editor of the Southern Humanities Review, and the author of several novels, includingLove and Ghost Letters, A Falling Star, and The Distant Marvels, forthcoming from Europa Editions.

Boggs

Belle Boggs  

Brock Clarke

Brock Clarke is the author of five books of fiction, the most recent of which are the novels Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. His books have been awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction, the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship, and an Ohio Council for the Arts Fellowship. Clarke’s individual stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, the Believer, the Georgia Review, New England Review, and the Southern Review, as well as in The Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Clarke’s sixth book, the novel The Happiest People in the World, will be published in November 2014. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College and in the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program.

Sarah Creech

Sarah Creech, born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, grew up in a house full of women who told stories about black cloud visions and other premonitions. Her work has appeared in storySouth, Literary Mama, Aroostook Review, Glass, and as a finalist for Glimmer Train. She received an MFA from McNeese State University in 2008 and now teaches English and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She currently lives in North Carolina with her two children and her husband, a poet. Season of the Dragonflies is her first novel.

Cutting

Douglas Cutting is the broker in charge and vice president of real estate services of Garden & Gun LAND. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a master’s in creative writing from UNCW, a United States Coast Guard captain’s license, and real estate broker licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina. His work matches conservation-minded buyers with rural properties. Douglas spends his free time exploring duck, turkey, and fish habitats and writing stories about those exploits in magazines like Sporting Classics. He lives on Daniel Island near Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Jeni, and three-year-old son, Hunter.

Amrita Das

Amrita Das specializes in US Latino literature and culture and works with the construction of collective identities through literature. Her current research examines transnational Latino authors writing of Latin American issues. She also has an interest in contemporary post-modern Latin American and Caribbean literature, especially in issues of race, gender, and class. Amrita grew up and studied in India, and tries to bring her unique perspective to studying different cultures. She is the founder and organizer of Latino Book Club which promotes US Latino culture through its literature and supports bilingual literacy among children in the community through outreach programs. She is also the founder of the student theater group Puro Teatro and currently the faculty advisor to the group.

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She is the author of four nonfiction books and four poetry books, the most recent of which is Rope. Her first book, Science and Other Poems, won the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award. She is the Agnese Nelms Haury endowed chair in environment and social justice at the University of Arizona and teaches in the creative writing program. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Grand Manan, New Brunswick.

Rochelle Hurt

Rochelle Hurt
http://rochellehurt.com

Kenan

Randall Kenan's first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published by Grove Press in 1989. Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, a collection of stories, was published in 1992 to wide critical acclaim. He is also the author of Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, and The Fire This Time. He recently edited and wrote the introduction to The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin.

Anna Lena Phillips

Anna Lena Phillips is editor of Ecotone. She formerly served as senior editor and book review editor at American Scientist magazine, and was a founding editor of the online journal, Fringe. A Pocket Book of Forms, her letterpress-printed, travel-sized guide to poetic forms, is forthcoming this fall. Her projects and pursuits are documented at todointhenewyear.net.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips’ third book, Elegy for a Broken Machine, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in 2015. A recent Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellow in poetry, he is the author of two earlier collections, Boy and Chattahoochee, and translator of When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt. His work has appeared in many venues, including Poetry, Ploughshares, the Nation, and The Pushcart Prize. His honors include the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Emily Smith

Emily Louise Smith is director of the Publishing Laboratory and founder and publisher of Lookout Books and its sister magazine, Ecotone. She teaches Books & Publishing, Bookbuilding, and Publishing Practicum, among other courses. With a background in advertising and development, Emily began her publishing career as an assistant to former CEO of HarperCollins Canada and Pub Lab founder, Stanley Colbert. After earning her MFA in poetry, she went on to work as an editor, designer, and publicist for Hub City Press, and in 2007, returned to UNCW to direct the department’s publishing certificate program and teaching press.

Spitzer

Mark Spitzer  

Beth Staples Beth Staples is the assistant director of the Publishing Laboratory at UNCW, and Associate Editor for Ecotone and Lookout Books. She joined the UNCW faculty from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University where she managed the literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review and the Center’s other publications from 2007 to 2012. She has taught classes and given lectures on editing, publishing, and fiction writing at various universities and conferences, and received her MFA in fiction writing from Arizona State.
Staples

Heidi Lynn Staples 

Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas serves as the managing director for Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis. He acquires and edits books for the nonfiction list, manages marketing and promotion, while also managing a range of organizational operations, including tasks in finance, inventory, and distribution. He studied English and environmental studies at St. Olaf College.

Varner

Jay Varner


See our archive of Writers' Week presenters.


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